In the last few days, I made the decision to cut out all refined sugars from my diet for a while and re-assess after a period. Of course any time a common ingredient is cut from ones diet, everything turns to shambles – what the %^&* am I going to eat now? The fact that I even asked myself that question strongly suggests that maybe I do eat too much refined sugar.
The problem with this is that we recently started having slow cooked lamb with mint sauce once a week. I got a nice lamb leg from the butcher. So seemingly, I am set to go for my roast lamb with mint sauce dinner right? No! I check the mint sauce and the mint gel in my pantry and it is all loaded with at least a couple of teaspoons of added sugar each serve. I panick. What am I going to have on my lamb? I fantasize about mint sauce. So this totally put a huge spanner in the works. Store brought mint sauce is a sugar fest and I don’t think it needs to be.
A short trip up the road later, and I got myself a bunch of fresh mint. The goal: to make a very quick simple natural delicious mint sauce. The result is perfect – love it. I will admit I did experiment with different vinegars first. Much as I adore apple cider vinegar, the white vinegar just worked so much better with bringing out the pure clean flavor of the mint.
This recipe makes half a cup of natural mint sauce and because it has no sugar and only goodness, you can have as much as you like without any guilt – in fact, the more the better. Personally, I just wanted to drink it (okay so I drank a tablespoon) – love that mint flavor. It makes me feel kind of zippy and uplifted. Looking forward to having this slathered over my lamb tonight.
- A bunch of mint (the standard bunch sold at the stores)
- ¼ cup boiling water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- Wash mint and tear off leaves
- Place leaves in a mini blender and blend
- Transfer leaves to a bowl
- Pour boiling water over mint leaves
- Let them soak for 10 minutes
- Add the white vinegar
- Stir and place into an air tight jar in fridge until serving time.
- Shake before serving.